Pirates always planned to assist minor-leaguers


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Travis Williams in Bradenton. -- GETTY

Last week, Major League Baseball announced a league-wide initiative so minor-league players could be compensated during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Before MLB made the announcement, however, the Pirates were working on supporting their minor-leaguers during the hiatus, according to team president Travis Williams.

“It was important to us that we were supporting them, as well as others, in a time of need,” Williams told me Saturday during the club's event with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

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